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Poetry Breaks I, Sharon Olds

Alternative Title:
Sharon Olds

Copyright Date:
1988

Copyright Holder:
Leita Hagemann Luchetti and WGBH Educational Foundation

Air Date:
1988-present

Artist:
Olds, Sharon

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (38 min.) : sd., col. ; 1 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (Betacam SP) (38 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (VHS) (38 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
1 videocassette of 1 (38 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
4 videocassettes of 4 (Betacam SP) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
4 videocassettes of 4 (VHS) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.


Background:
Sharon Olds was born in 1942 in San Francisco, California. She was educated at Stanford University and Columbia University. Her first book, Satan Says (1980), received the inaugural San Francisco Poetry Center Award. Her second, The Dead and the Living, was the Lamont Poetry Selection in 1983 and a winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Father (1992) was shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize in England. Sharon Olds teaches poetry workshops in the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and helps run the N.Y.U. workshop program at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island in New York. Her latest book is Wellspring (1996).

Scope:
Includes a 1" master, Betacam SP preservation master (of the 1" master), and VHS and 3/4" screening copies. Betacam SP preservation masters and VHS screening copies of the source tapes exist. "Poetry Breaks" documentation includes shot logs of source tapes and masters.

Sharon Olds introduces and reads her poems in various settings at her Martha's Vineyard retreat. The following poems were edited for broadcast and general distribution, and appear on the master tapes with and without the "Poetry Breaks" logo and copyright:
"The Race"
"The Missing Boy"
"Summer Solstice, New York City"
"The One Girl at the Boys' Party"
"I Go Back to May, 1937"
"Bathing the New Born"
"My Son and the Water Shortage"
"Alcatraz"

Multiple takes of these poems and the following appear on the source tapes of original footage:
"Topography"
"The Victims"
"The Injury Six Weeks Later"
"True Love"
"My Father Snoring"



Director:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Producer:
Luchetti, Leita Hagemann

Coproducer:
New Television Workshop, WGBH

Performer:
Olds, Sharon

Subjects:
Poetry


Genre:
Readings

See Also:
Poetry Breaks Documentation





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